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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Queen of the Radishes Encore

Today would have been my Mom's 82nd birthday. It is a day to celebrate fond memories. For the occasion, I've decided to re-post a favorite family story.

Queen of the Radishes-A Story to Relish

Mom loved to set a beautiful table, from the linens and tableware,
to the presentation of the food itself. Garnishes were one way to
delight the eye, as well as the palette.
Her favorite way to attend to this detail was
“radish roses”.
The dinner table was a place where she commanded respect.
We were expected to practice good table manners,
and our conversations were to be pleasant exchanges.
Dad was unfortunate to err in this domain, and his punishment was swift.
Not being one to raise her voice at the table, instead Mom raised her hand.
In her grasp, she held the only weapon at her disposal: a radish.
Her aim was true;
the missile was shot,
landing squarely on Dad's forehead.
Justice was delivered when the radish
rebounded off Dad's astonished face,
back across the table to Mom's awaiting hand.
The event became legendary,
and the story has been repeated many times.
It is chronicled here to honor Mom's memory as a gracious hostess,
matriarch of a genteel dinner table,
and one heck of a shot.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


The human soul
is a
a spectrum

(texture courtesy of Kim Klassen)

Friday, April 16, 2010

In the Heart of Greendale

Greendale was built by the government in 1938 as employment project during the Great Depression. It is a beautiful place, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The gardens, both public and private have won many awards. Many line the streets, which were engineered to with safety in mind. Winding roads, cul de sacs, one way streets were purposely created to control traffic flow and speed. From 1938, there had only been one traffic fatality. Not only was Greendale pretty, it was safe.

I know because I grew up there.

It is no small wonder then, that people have taken pleasure and pride in meeting near the Village Hall. Every 4th of July, Memorial Day and Village Days Parade folks line up their lawn chairs along Broad Street. The Lions Club used to have a beer garden on such holidays. The restaurant across from the Village Hall has changed hands over the years. Some remember it as the Village Inn. Still others may remember it as Eleanor’s, named for Eleanor Roosevelt who once came to visit the work being done when the Village was being built. The restaurant has been the site of high school reunions, wedding rehearsal dinners and Awards Banquets.

On Sunday nights in the past, people gathered near the Village Hall for concerts given by local and invited musicians. The site was where Good Morning American came and filmed everyone welcoming the America to town.

There were news crews there again this week. This time it was to cover the tragic loss of Ava Marie Zimmerman, a 5 year old child struck by a car. She was in the crosswalk with her mother, aunt and little brother. She could not have been in safer hands, or in a safer place. This death is incomprehensible, to her family, to the people who were there, to the people of the Village. The shock and its aftermath of sorrow have touched people who live there, grew up there or visited there. A memorial of candles and teddy bears grows as people try to show the family their support. Her grandmother was on the news saying the overwhelming show of support has been helpful. I know the grandmother; we went to high school together. I want her to know how many prayers have been offered for her and her family.

There is an old saying, “it takes a village to raise a child”. It seems just as true that it takes a village to grieve a child. In the heart of Greendale, heavy with sorrow, we wish we did not have to.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


"Validation" is a fable about the magic of free parking. Starring TJ Thyne & Vicki Davis. Writer/Director/Composer - Kurt Kuenne. Winner - Best Narrative Short, Cleveland Int'l Film Festival, Winner - Jury Award, Gen Art Chicago Film Festival, Winner - Audience Award, Hawaii Int'l Film Festival, Winner - Best Short Comedy, Breckenridge Festival of Film, Winner - Crystal Heart Award, Best Short Film & Audience Award, Heartland Film Festival, Winner - Christopher & Dana Reeve Audience Award, Williamstown Film Festival, Winner - Best Comedy, Dam Short Film Festival, Winner - Best Short Film, Sedona Int'l Film Festival.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

A Year Ago April

In April of last year I was immersed in a painting for my friend’s 10th wedding anniversary. I really wanted to be able to show off the end result, and really had no way to do so. My website was seriously out of date, and reconfiguring it was likely to be a Herculean task. I didn’t even know what I needed to know.
I did not blog, nor did I know what a ‘blog roll’ was. (I did know that blogs were often a good source of various kinds of information.) I was not on facebook. I did not ‘tweet’ but I had spent some time on Twitter trying to figure it out. I did not know what a tiny URL or a was. I did not know how to Share or AddThis. I had seen videos on You Tube, but didn’t realize you could collect them all in your own little ‘channel’. I had tried flickr, but wasn’t really aware of its possibilities.
In June of 2009 the Grand Experiment began with this blog. I intended to highlight artwork other than my paintings while researching new website possibilities. I joined facebook, and figured that out, sorta. I got an Open ID. I started tweeting as ‘moonflowrstudio’ (had to leave a vowel out due to character limits).(Ironically, there's no limit to the characters you can find there). I read blogs and tutorials on building websites. I downloaded software. I investigated limitless possibilities.
It took 3 serious failures, but I did manage to launch a new
moonflowerstudio site in October. There are still things to tweak, but all in all, I am proud of it. When I step back and survey the little ‘moon-i-verse’ I have put together I find myself pondering. Where do I go from here…?
Ancora Imparo:
I am still learning...
…I don’t have to decide for now…it's Saturday

Sunday, April 4, 2010

On Easter Day


Douglas Horton

Happy Easter everyone!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Good Friday thoughts...

Two quotes I thought relevant:

* "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience."

* "Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire."

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

French Jesuit priest, paleontologist and philosopher
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